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Were you once the kid that was left on a small mosquito infested island in the middle of a lake by your elders during a fishing trip, because you’d eaten the day’s snacks in the span of 20 minutes, and exhausted every possible way of being annoying as a result of being bored to near death while waiting for that elusive nibble? Well then, this project is for you champ! Because with these homemade lures, you won’t even have time to open the snack bags, you’ll have fish practically jumping into your boat! Let’s reel ‘em in!

Step 1: What You’ll Need and Prep Work

Picture of What You’ll Need and Prep Work

You won’t need all that much to make these lures; however, you will need a bit of drying time, so take that into account fellow fishmonger.

- Air-Dry Clay

- Sculpting Tools (store bought or homemade, more on that in a later step! )

- Acrylic Paint + Painting supplies

- 5-Minute Epoxy Resin or a Waterproofing Resin

- Fishing Tackle (simple hooks, treble hooks, small rings, swivel snaps, etc. )

- Small Eyelets and Wire (if you’re unable to find fishing tackle in your area )

- Vinyl Gloves

- Toothpicks

- Disposable brush

- Water Bowl


Fishing Rod, Fishing Line

Prep Work:

Prep your work surface by laying down protective sheets of either paper or plastic to protect your surfaces from air dry clay residue. Next, prepare a bowl of lukewarm water for both smoothing the clay and later for rinsing your brushes. The last step during this preparatory stage is to don a pair of disposable vinyl gloves as the air-dry clay with dry out your hands severely (not completely necessary but it is my preference, especially in winter ).

Did you ever get a chance to try these out?
Ham-made (author)  Wolfgang_Haney4 months ago
Hey Wolfgang_Haney!
Not yet, but hopefully this summer and I'll let you know how it goes!
Mr. Ham
LondonThunder6 months ago
These are amazing!! I was definitely that kid that was abandoned on an island while fishing at the cottage! Haha! I hated fishing as a child (still do), but these lures might change my mind. Might...
Ham-made (author)  LondonThunder6 months ago
Thanks LondonThunder!
I'm glad I wasn't the only one! I love fish, not to eat, but to observe. I prefer snorkeling or going to an aquarium than fishing personally...could've been induced by childhood trauma perhaps.
Mr. Ham
Jobar0076 months ago
Why Air Dry clay and not a polymer clay? It seems like if your epoxy coat chips, your lure will soften and break up on the inside of the shell.
Ham-made (author)  Jobar0076 months ago
Thanks for your question Jobar007. The choice was simply a matter of cost and accessibility. I absolutely love working with polymer clay and using Sculpey for a project like this would usually be my go to, but it can be prohibitively expensive and hard to source in some areas so I opted for the cheaper and more available solution. I could've also carved them from basswood like traditional lures were, but didn't want the hassle of having to make them sink by adding weights to them and such.
Mr. Ham
jessyratfink6 months ago
AHHH! I love them. Very clever :D
Ham-made (author)  jessyratfink6 months ago
Hey jessyratfink!
Thanks! :D
Mr. Ham